Sacred Ground is a film-and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith.Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity.
Sacred Ground is part of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society. This series is open to all, and especially designed to help white people talk with other white people.Participants are invited to peel away the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day –all while grounded in our call to faith, hope and love.
In the fall of 2021, twelve members from the congregation of St. Luke in the Fields engaged in the discussion series called Sacred Ground and concluded it in the late spring of 2022. All members of this discussion circle were adamant that the time they spent in these discussions was invaluable for their spiritual development. Some went so far as to say that this program was the most important work to which they had ever engaged.
Given the importance of the work, St. Luke’s continues to support Sacred Ground and has created a second discussion circle.
Session 1: Orientation
Session 2: Stepping into Sacred Ground
Session 3: The Roots of Whiteness, and Deeper Roots
Session 4: Whose Land? Exploring Indigenous History
Session 5: Transatlantic Slave Trade and Slavery: Exploring Black History
Session 6: Whose Land? More Layers: Exploring Latino History
Session 7: Americans, Not Foreigners: Exploring Asian/Pacific American History
Session 8: Selective Access to the Melting Pot and the American Dream 1830s - 1960s
Session 9: Divisions in Present-Day White America
Session 10: Legacies: Racism's Long Life
Session 11: Grief, Reckoning and Repentance
Session 12: Walk On: The Journey after Sacred Ground